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Who Do You Trust to Manage Your Snow and Ice?

Plan early so you’re not left out in the cold this winter

By Nick DiBenedetto

Some snow and ice management companies might tell you, “Don’t hire a landscape company. Sure, they’ll take on your property in the summer, but they aren’t as knowledgeable about snow and ice as we are.”

And while that may be true for some of the smaller operators, it’s not true here at ND Landscape Services.

We’ve been taking care of commercial properties in Metro Boston and the North Shore for over 40 years, so we definitely know a thing or two about snow!

Here are some of the things that often come up when talking to our customers about snow and ice management services. 

Why hire two vendors when you can get the job done with one?

It’s common practice for snow and ice management teams to meet with commercial property owners or managers and walk through their property with them. During this walk-through they’re looking for a number of things:

  • How big is the area that needs servicing? 
  • Are there any obstructions (like curbs, narrow paths or tight corners) that could block access?
  • Are there any high-traffic areas, potential safety hazards and priority areas for snow removal?
  • Are there any pavers or patio areas that need to be plowed using a rubber-edged plow blade?
  • Is there anything sticking out of the ground (like manhole covers, meters or utilities) that could be damaged by a plow blade or shovel?
  • Do the trees have any weak or damaged branches that could break under heavy snow? 

Don’t get me wrong. The walkthrough is important and we do it with our clients too — but since we’ve been working on their property for the entire year (or years, in most cases!) we already know the answer to these questions. 

So, why would you want to deal with two separate vendors, when it’s so much easier (and cost-effective) to deal with one who you already trust with your property? And because you’ve built a solid relationship with us, it’s easy to reach out to your dedicated account manager if an issue arises.

We think about snow so you don’t have to

While others are at the beach, sipping margaritas and watching the kids play in the sand, we’re already gearing up for winter (in fact, it’s 90 degrees outside, and I’ve just ordered a new snow plow!).

Planning for snow never stops — you have to be ready to hit the ground running when those flakes start to fly. That’s why we encourage (okay, insist) our clients get their contracts signed in advance.

This benefits you in a number of ways:

  • We can do that walkthrough I mentioned earlier while the weather is still nice and everything is visible. That way if there are any issues our maintenance crew can deal with them before winter arrives (like trimming tree branches, fixing patios and walkways or replacing damaged signage).
  • You can rest easy knowing your property will be taken care of when the winter storms hit, instead of frantically trying to get a snow operator to plow your property during a major snowstorm (good luck with that!).
  • You’ll know who’ll be on your property, and be confident that they have the proper equipment, training, certifications and insurance. 
  • You won’t have to get up at two in the morning worrying about the weather. We use the WeatherWorks monitoring system so we know when the snow will start hours before it does.

Ensure you get the best company to care for your property. Resources are finite, and having a contract in place early helps your contractor gets the equipment, manpower and supplies they’ll need. You don’t want to be left scrambling because all the best companies are booked solid.

Want to make sure your property is on our list?

A four-season contract from ND Landscape Services includes snow & ice management to keep your roadways, parking lots and walkways safe and accessible, all season long.

So, why do we only offer snow & ice management services to our property care clients? We guarantee all our clients receive the highest level of service (it’s “The ND Way”) so we’d rather work with fewer clients and be able to deliver on those promises.

It's never too early to think about snow and ice management — so kick off your flip-flops, book a consultation and let’s talk snow!

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